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I need a creative way to teach student how to answer the question, "Why" in response to literature.

Jan 23, 2014 2:59pm

I have special ed. students that are very concrete learners. " Why?" doesn't make sense to them.

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    • Jan 25, 2014 3:27pm

      Change the why to what makes the character or plot or whatever.........

      • Jan 29, 2014 6:30am


        Modeling is hugely important for some learners, so you may need to provide scaffolding using real life examples to activate their background knowledge before they ask the question in response to literature. For example, you may start by putting out a number of writing utensils. You could ask students to pick the one they like best. When they do, ask "why?" This will begin to get them thinking about their own opinions and the fact that reasons support opinions. Do this as long as it takes for them to get it before asking the same questions in response to literature.

        Hope this helps,


        • Mar 12, 2014 8:30am

          If Why does not make sense to them, what does make sense to them? Students need to feel connected to literature, that themes can relate to their ideals and values, regardless of the work. Students should be illuminated by it, visually attuned to it, and see it in their daily lives. I would find out what works best for them, strengthen that, then broaden from it.